Week 10 Roundup & Week 11 Preview

We hope you have enjoyed listening to your sons and daughters share the reflections on their learning with you in Student-Led Conferences this week! Next week we are back to our regular schedule and with Spirit Week, with a different dress-up theme for each day of the week. We also have college guest visitors every day at lunch, and we encourage students from all grade levels to attend those!

Our Zoom parent office hours have been moved to Mondays from 4:30-5:30pm. The link is the same as before, http://tinyurl.com/DVSParentOfficeHours, and all are welcome to drop in to the Zoom to share your questions, feedback and ideas with us.

Enjoy your weekend!

Parent Office Hours moved to Monday evenings

Dear DVS Parents and Guardians, I hope you have enjoyed listening to your sons and daughters share the reflections on their learning with you in Student-Led Conferences this week!

Grace and I will not be holding parent office hours this week, but beginning next week our Zoom parent office hours are moved to Mondays from 4:30-5:30pm. The link is the same as before, http://tinyurl.com/DVSParentOfficeHours, and all are welcome to drop in to the Zoom to share your questions, feedback and ideas with us!

21-22 Wellness Screener: Opt Out Form

In an effort to be more proactive in supporting students’ mental health, a wellness screener will be given to all students at Da Vinci Science HS. Results from the screener will be used by the counselors to create interventions such as coping skills groups, counselor check ins, and referrals for therapy. Scores will not be shared with students or parents. Parents will be notified, and parent consent is required if a student is referred to receive counseling services delivered by Antioch or Pepperdine therapists. If you would like your child to OPT-OUT and NOT PARTICIPATE in the screener, please fill out this form by Sunday, October 24, 2021.

Be well-DVS Counselors

Wellness Screener: Opt Out Form

PD Day Tomorrow & Student-Led Conferences Next Week

Tomorrow (Friday) is a professional development day, so students will have a 3-day weekend! Next week, each day is an early-dismissal day because we are holding Student-Led Conferences (“SLCs”) after school. These conferences are an opportunity for you to listen to your student reflect on their academic progress so far this year and discuss the strategies they plan to use in order to be successful going forward.

Participation in Student-Led Conferences is expected for all students and parents/guardians, and information about SLCs can be found at the following links:

I hope you have a terrific 3-day weekend and we look forward to seeing the students back on Monday morning!

SAT & PSAT School Day Tomorrow

Tomorrow (Wednesday) is a big day at DVS – students in grades 9-11 are taking the PSAT and seniors are taking the SAT in the morning beginning at 8:15am! We encourage all students to eat a good dinner and go to bed early tonight, eat a good breakfast in the morning, and arrive at school no later than 8:00am in order to begin the test on time. Per the policy of The College Board, students arriving after the exam begins will not be allowed to take the test.

Friday is a professional development day, so students will have a 3-day weekend this weekend. Next week is Student-led Conference week at DVS, so please check with your child to see your SLC appointment time and make sure you can attend their SLC via Zoom at that day and time. Thank you!

Week 10 (Student-Led Conference Week) Schedule

Week 8 Roundup & Week 9 Preview

It was another terrific week at DVS, including the completion of our college counseling webinars for each grade level! In case you missed them, the slide decks and video recordings for those webinars are listed under the “Resources” tab on the right. Next week we have a slightly modified schedule to accommodate for our SAT/PSAT School Day on Wednesday and our Professional Development Day on Friday.

In preparation for the PSAT/SSAT School Day on Wednesday, we encourage all students to eat a healthy dinner and go to bed early on Tuesday, eat a good breakfast on Wednesday morning, and arrive to campus no later than 8:00am.

Student-led conferences are coming up in week 10, so we encourage you to talk with your student about what SLC time slot your family is signed up for and continue to check their grades and attendance in Powerschool and talk with them about their academic progress and growth!

Save the Date! Bike Safety Class on October 13th

bike safety class

Mark your calendars for the Bike Safety Class that will be hosted on our 201 campus on October 13th at 5:30 pm! Guests will learn rules for biking, bike safety skills, review laws for motorists interacting with bikes & more.

October 13, 2021 @ 5:30PM

Da Vinci Schools – West Plaza (outdoors near basketball courts)
201 N. Douglas St.
El Segundo, CA 90245

Register now at bit.ly/bikesafe2021

Thank you to HPD & ESPD for their commitment to keeping our students safe. And a BIG thank you to Liza Somilleda, the Wiseburn Education Foundation & Big 5 for your support!

For questions email: somilledala@gmail.com

Join us for 10th grade and 11th grade College Counseling Webinars

Hello Sophomore and Junior Families! This week, the DVS Counseling Team will host College Counseling Webinars for 10th and 11th graders:

10th Grade: Tuesday, October 5th at 5pm. Please use the following link to join the meeting.

11th Grade: Thursday, October 7th at 5pm. Please use the following link to join the meeting.

For those unable to attend, meetings will be recorded and posted to the DVS Blog. We hope to see you there!

-The DVS Counseling Team

Week 7 Roundup & Week 8 Preview

We are looking forward to another great week coming up, which will include college counseling webinars for 10th grade on Tuesday and 11th grade on Thursday and college guest speakers every day of the week during lunch! We encourage students of all grades to come during lunch to listen to these guest speakers and to be thinking about their own college options!

PSAT & SAT Testing for All Students: On Wednesday, October 13, DVS will be administering the PSAT and the SAT on campus for all students (grades 9, 10, 11, and 12). We are happy to be able to provide this opportunity for our students to be college-ready at no cost to our families. Students will be receiving a student preparation guide and will be preparing in their English and math classes for these exams in the days leading up to October 13th.

Student-Led Conferences will begin via Zoom in week 10, and more information about how to sign up for a time slot will be coming soon from the grade-level teams. Here is the calendar for the weeks between now and Thanksgiving break!

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